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Recent changes
  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has published protection considerations regarding people fleeing the Syrian Arab Republic.

  • Following notifications from Norway, Annex 15 to the Visa Code Handbook (Specimen form of providing proof of sponsorship and/or private accommodation) has been updated. The guarantee form for visits was recently changed: some of the information provided in the form will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) for a maximum period of five years, and the gurantor must consent to this.

  • Previously, certain cultural institutions in Norway could send visa applications on behalf of artists directly to the UDI instead of the visa applicant himself following ordinary visa application procedures. The solution is not used in practice. Following the rollout of the Visa Information System (VIS), this procedure is impossible to follow as visa seekers under the Visa Regulation must give biometrics (fingerprints and photos) in order to be checked against VIS.

  • On 18 September, the Ministry of Justice and Public Security issued a new section 17-7 of the Immigration Regulations as a result of the new National Registry Act (folkeregisterloven), effective 1 October 2017. The provision specifies in which cases the National Registry (DSF) shall provide the police, foreign service, the Immigration Directorate (UDI) or the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) information pursuant to the National Registry Act sections 3-1 and 3-2, regarding a foreigner or other specified persons the Immigration Act applies to.

  • On 18 September 2017, the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Affairs established a new section 14-6 of the Citizenship Regulations as a result of the new National Registry Act (folkeregisterloven), effective 1 October 2017. The provision specifies the cases in which the National Registry (DSF) shall provide the police, foreign service, UDI or UNE information pursuant to the Citizenship Act sections 3-1 and 3-2, concerning a foreigner or his immediate family. The former sections 14-6 and 14-7 have beed shifted to 14-7 and 14-8.

  • Due to the new National Registry Act (folkeregisterloven), in force 1 October 2017, a new letter g) is added to  the Immigration Act section 84, first paragraph. If the body handling a case pursuant to the Immigration Act considers it necessary for disclosure of the case, it may, without prejudice to confidentiality, also order the National Registry Authority to disclose information about foreigners or others the Immigration act applies to. This is further regulated in the new section 17-7 g of the Immigration Regulations with effect from the same date.

  • As a result of the new National Registry Act (folkeregisterloven) effective 1 October 2017, a new letter f) has been added to Section 29, third paragraph of the Citizenship Act (statsborgerloven). The amendment means that if the body handling a case pursuant to the Citizenship Act considers it necessary for disclosure of the case, it may also order the National Registry to disclose information. The bodies which may impose disclosure of information follow from the Citizenship Regulations chapter 14.

  • The guarantee form for visits now contains information to the guarantor that some of the information given in the form will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS).

  • The Ministry of Justice and Public Security has adopted amendments to the Immigration Regulations (ir.) which extends access to postpone expulsion cases. Ir. section 14-3 new sixth paragraph states that the fifth paragraph (abeyance of expulsion decision is set for up to one year due to protection against return, cf. the Immigration Act (ia.) section 73), may apply under certain conditions, when expulsion decisions appear disproportionate after ia. section 70. New last sentence in ir. section 14-5 second paragraph, states that the foreigner as a general rule shall be notified prior to a decision in accordance with section 14-3 fifth or sixth paragraph. Ir. section 19-2 fourth paragraph has been amended so that also sections 14-3 fifth and sixth paragraphs, and section 14-5 first to fourth paragraph apply to foreigners covered by ia. chapter 13 (EEA and EFTA). Effective 1 September 2017.
  • According to the Immigration Act section 62, first paragraph, foreigners who have had certain temporary residence permits for the last three years, may apply for a permanent residence permit. The conditions for a permanent residence permit are listed in first paragraph, letters a through f. Letter f states that the foreigner must have been self-sufficient for the last twelve months. The Immigration Regulations section 11-11 stipulates further conditions for when the requirement for self-sufficiency is considered fulfilled and who is exempt from the requirement. The amendment is effective on September 1, 2017, and applies to applications promoted by attendance at the police on September 1, 2017 or later.

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